Surprisingly that evening I met up with Asit, Ganguly and Shashanka (pic left) just outside the KMVN-GH. These 3 guys were with me on the Pindari trek and they had additionally trekked to the Kafni glacier and landed up in Kausani directly.
4th October 2004 - woke up early but it was a cloudy day and drizzling light rain whole morning. There was no way I could see any Himalayan peaks. Walked down hill about 2kms to the cybercafe in Hillview hotel, sent some emails and then walked up to the Gandhi ashram - Anashakthi Yogashram - and got back to KMVN-GH by 10am. Rest of the day relaxing in the dorm-bed with a Jim Corbett book "Man-Eaters of Kumaon". At 5:30pm the sunset view of the Trishul peak in clouds (see pic left).
5th October 2004 got up early morning. At sunrise (6:00am) there were clouds forming with the mist rising from the valleys; but could see most of the peaks above the clouds. See pics (Left & below) showing Trishul, Mriguthani, Maikatoli. The colorful flowers in the GH garden show up in the foreground of some of the pictures below.
3rd Oct 2004 - I came to Kausani from Bageshwar after completing the 9-day Pindari trek. I was hoping to rest and relax in this quiet & scenic hill-station. I was also hoping to take in the panoramic view of Himalayas that Kausani is famous for. However, when I reached the KMVN guest house, at 11:30am the clouds were swirling around the Himalayan peaks and nothing much could be seen. But I was told early mornings the sky is usually clear and KMVN-GH is the best place to get the clear views as it is at the highest altitude in Kausani. I took a Dorm bed there and was the only occupant of the 10-bed dormitory that day! (pic left).
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Kausani - A Kumaon hill-station at 1890M / 6200ft